Lightning strike gives student new outlook on life
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A college student who was struck by lightning last spring has gone back to the University of Dayton. He is bringing a new view on life.
 
Sean Ferguson is 23-years-old. He is from Pittsburgh. He spent months in rehab healing from his broken bones and burns. He expects to graduate from the Ohio college in December.
 
He was walking home in Dayton in April. That was when he was struck by lightning. Several passers-by rushed to help him. One gave him CPR.
 
Ferguson calls that man his "guardian angel."
 
"He learned CPR just two days beforehand at the only airport in the country that has a CPR kiosk," Ferguson told WKEF-TV. "It is safe to say he is the reason I am here."
 
Ferguson had a broken jaw and burns to more than 35 percent of his body. That is what the university said. A GoFundMe account was created. It was to help with Ferguson's medical bills. He has gotten more than $17,000.
 
He said he still gets the feeling of pins and needles from his knees to his toes. He had to go through physical therapy to relearn how to walk.
 
Twenty-two lightning-related deaths have been reported this year. That is compared with 26-reported last year.  And 23 were reported in 2013. Those numbers are according to the National Weather Service.
 
Ohio ranked fourth highest in the nation. They had 146 lightning-related deaths reported from 1959 to 2013. That is according to a report. It was made available through the weather service.
 
Ferguson told the Dayton Daily News that he has a new view on life. He said he plans to start jogging and running. His hope is to get back to playing sports.  And he wants to do other outdoor activities.
 
"I am just realizing how fragile life can be. And that it can be taken at any given moment," he said. "I do not take anything for granted now."
 
He said he plans to meet the man who gave him CPR soon.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/lightning-strike-gives-student-new-outlook-life/

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COMMENTS (27)
  • freddy-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:37 a.m.

    He is very lucky guys.

  • zue-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:38 a.m.

    He was struck by lightning and suffered burns.
    Then, he wanted to do everything like he did before and planned to meet the man who gave him CPR.

  • sithu-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:43 a.m.

    He is the lucky guy because he was still alive although he was struck by lighting. But it was not sure to be normal.

  • riley-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:45 a.m.

    Sean suffered burns andFerguson had a broken jaw and burns to more than 35 percent of his body he said he still gets the feeling of pins and needles from his knees to his toes. He had to go through physical therapy to relearn how to walk.He never give up to well.He is a clever and smart boy.

  • gracy-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:48 a.m.

    Sean suffered burns because he was a very lucky person. he did not die even though he was struck by lighting.And God gave him a chance to realize how fragile life can be.The another reason is he got over because of a good man.A man who was regarded as his guardian angle by Sean gave him CPR.The last one is that he never gave up to go through physical therapy for relearning how to walk although he still got the feeling of pins and needles from his knees to his toes.He teaches us not to give up when we face with pains and difficulties.

  • hannah-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:56 a.m.

    Remember!Save first by protecting yourself not only lighting stricks but also other elses! For example,there often might be such as an Earthquarke,flooding,burning,vocano in this world which we live.Moreover we should be already known how to protect by yourself from various kinds of danger.In fact,we can not know what to see and how to be when we are living in the world.Therefore,You should be already known all kinds of knowledges concerning about protecting since you have not been any thing.

  • john-eri
    9/09/2015 - 05:57 a.m.

    I think that is amazing.

  • chloe-eri
    9/09/2015 - 06:02 a.m.

    He was a lucky guy. Most people was dead struck by lightening according to the report. He was facing the ill fated day and also he was fortunately recover from his miss fortune. Life is a fragile life, not sure what will be happen because he was only jaw broken and 35% burn instead of dead. That can call a luck person between the worst thus why his guardian angle.

  • john-eri
    9/09/2015 - 06:05 a.m.

    I think that is amazing. Sean is very lucky guy.

  • hannah-eri
    9/09/2015 - 06:07 a.m.

    Remember,Save first by protecting yourself not only lighting striks but also other elses.For example,there often might be such as an Earthquark,flooding,burning.

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